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CAL FIRE Working 365 to Protect California Communities

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Working 365 days a year. Thousands of acres of prescribed fire treatments already making a difference.

Protecting what we have while stewarding healthy forests and ecosystems is what we do. And managing California forests and landscapes to increase resiliency and keep communities safe is a never-ending job.

Working with our many partners, we find windows where conditions are just right to put our resiliency toolbox to work. Whether that be prescribed fire, forest restoration, fuel break creation, or providing the grants and funding to make it happen, it takes a statewide team of communities and organizations to tackle the challenge before us.

Read how we’re making a difference, track the progress underway, and hear Sarah’s story from our San Mateo/Santa Cruz unit.

Building a community for a resilient California. Join us through wildfire prevention grant opportunities.

The CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal shared how communities and organizations can access state resources last week, as we all do our part to create a more resilient California. Their regular webinar series kicked off to offer real-time discussions on topics like our wildfire prevention grants program, Firewise Communities, and more. Tune in to the next webinar on November 1 at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom for more on how Firewise Communities are working together to create fire resilient neighborhoods.

Click here to learn more about the November webinar and watch the October session below.

Supporting communities before, during, and after a fire. Here’s how we do it.

With nearly 150 structures destroyed or damaged, the Mill Fire was one of this year’s most devastating wildfires. When structures are impacted — and the lives and livelihoods that accompany the damage — CAL FIRE Damage Inspection Specialists (DINS) go to work to assess damage to property, infrastructure, and the environment to ensure community members have the information they need to start their recovery process.

This work also informs steps to improve community resiliency for future fires. To learn more about this important work, spend a moment walking through the job with them.

Click here to watch the video!

Conservation, forest restoration and research team up in California’s state demonstration forests. And there’s more great work to come.

California’s state demonstration forests provide countless benefits for Californians, showing how conservation and forest management research can work together to inform the global community during the age of climate change. And we continue to find new opportunities. In just the last year, more than two thousand acres have been added to the state forest system with a new state forest announced just this summer.

And in case you missed it, the Jackson Demonstration State Forest has its own e-newsletter (or read the second edition here) where you can read a snapshot of what these incredible forests do for our state.

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ICYMI: What happens when girls come together to learn about fighting fire? Inspiration.

For nearly a decade, CAL FIRE has hosted a camp for girls and young women interested in exploring the firefighting profession. And for nearly a decade, these incredible cohorts show us how bright the future is.

Watch the full playlist here or see how the second day of camp went below.

ICYMI: In the news

· CAL FIRE Northern Region Chief George Morris III is no stranger to service. Watch his story and how we’re helping Army reserve soldiers become firefighters.

· The CAL FIRE Urban Forestry program continues its important work to keep our communities green. Read about its role in helping green and shade playgrounds for schools throughout the state, including in underserved communities.

· Track your local CAL FIRE unit office or local news for updates on prescribed burning in your area and the progress being made. We regularly send updates on what’s happening. Here’s an example: Day 3 of CAL FIRE’s prescribed burn in Galiban Range.

· Don’t let your guard down. California has seen fewer destructive wildfires this year, but firefighters–and communities–are still on guard.

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Find us on social media or tune into CAL FIRE TV on YouTube to track the latest California fire news each week. We break down what you need to know to stay informed.

Join us. We’re hiring.

Whether you’re exploring new possibilities, just starting out, or already a seasoned pro, we likely have a fit for you. Visit our careers page and then watch what it means to be part of the CAL FIRE community.

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